Nalewka z wiśni, wiśniówka

Sour Cherry Liqueur is one of my favorite liqueurs, next to mirabelle plum one and bird cherry liqueur. Actually I prefer to name it a tincture. An alcohol helps to extract all the beneficial substances from fruits. When you enjoy Wiśniówka just sipping a small glass in the evening you actually take care of your good health;)

Sour Cherry Liqueur


  • 2 kg / 4 and half lb sour cherries
  • 4 cups vodka (about 40%)
  • 2 cups spirit (80-90% Polish alcohol)
  • 3 cups sugar

Wash sour cherries and remove stems. You can pit cherries if you want to*. Place cherries in a 3 liter jar. Mix vodka with spirit and cover cherries with alcohol. Let macerate for 2 weeks. Then strain cherries, place cherries back in the jar, in another jar (might be smaller) pour the cherry alcohol.

Add sugar to the jar with cherries. Let it sit for another 2 weeks. Sugar needs to dissolve, so I shake the jar each day. Placing the jar in the sun also helps to speed up the process. After about two weeks you’d get a cherry syrup. Combine cherry syrup with cherry alcohol from the other jar.

Pour tincture into bottles and store them in a cool place for 2-3 months before testing:)

I know this is the hardest part of the process:) Sour Cherry Liqueur is really delicious, try yourself.

*Important! Don’t prolong the time of macerating, because pits contain amygdaline, which is harmful to health. For extra safety pit cherries in the first step.

Enjoy! Smacznego!

You may also like Christmas Liqueur, which is delicious the whole year round actually:)

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      1. “Potent” is a good word, but “strong” is fine, too! I checked and Spyritus is available in America, although maybe not everywhere. More common here is something called Everclear, which is about 95% alcohol, like Spyritus. I often use Everclear for making liqueurs, so that should work, too. Wiśniówka really sounds delicious to me! I’ll be checking my market for sour cherries now.

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